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Aboriginal Studies

5 credits

Course Description

For the purposes of this course description, Aboriginal peoples may also be referred to as “Indigenous.”

Aboriginal Studies 30 is a provincial course for all Alberta students. Students will gain a greater understanding of the current issues facing Aboriginal peoples in Canada and worldwide. Aboriginal Studies 30 enables students to demonstrate an understanding of the issues of Aboriginal rights and self-government, Aboriginal land claims, Aboriginal peoples in Canadian society and Aboriginal world issues.

The course is innovative and engaging and allows students to learn about Aboriginal issues and history from an Indigenous perspective.  Students will have the opportunity to engage in a variety of cultural experiences. Elders and guest speakers will share Indigenous knowledge and students will attend cultural events at locations throughout the city.

Unit Descriptions
Aboriginal Studies 30 at Centre High has 4 units. Students will first be engaged in material from Aboriginal Studies 10 and 20 to provide a base level knowledge needed to move forward with the 30 level curriculum.  Unit Descriptions

Field Trips
We are always looking for new and exciting field trip opportunities. Some future trips we are working on include walks of the river valley, and a trip to Head Smashed in Buffalo Jump.  Field Trips

Partnerships / Guest Lecturers
Aboriginal Studies is a growing program and it would not be expanding as fast as it is without help from inside and outside of the school community.  We have two important partnerships that contribute to our programing and also provide opportunities to students when they graduate from Centre High.  Partnerships

Cultural Connections
While enrolled in Aboriginal Studies 30 students will have an opportunity to engage with and appreciate the traditional and contemporary culture of many different Indigenous peoples in Canada. Particularly those located within the Treaty 6 traditional territory. These activities can include: Cultural Connections  

Post-Secondary Institutions Accepting Aboriginal Studies 30 in Western Canada
Aboriginal Studies 30 is classified as a Group A Humanities/Social Sciences, Languages other than English subject according to Alberta Education and is now being widely accepted as a course requirement for admission to many post-secondary institutions across Canada. Typically, Aboriginal Studies 30 is used as a replacement for a Social Studies 30-1 mark; however, some institutions do accept both Aboriginal Studies 30 and Social 30-1 for admissions.  Post Secondary Institutions

Aboriginal Studies can be applied to the following careers: Careers

Overall Value for Life
In addition to the value of post-secondary admissions, Aboriginal Studies 30 will assist in the change of relationships between Indigenous peoples and mainstream society. Historically, there has been a lack of understanding of the histories, memories, and experiences of Indigenous peoples which often causes many misunderstandings between Indigenous peoples and mainstream society.  Overall Value